Built for Jazz

The SFJAZZ Center is the first concert hall of its type in the United States: a freestanding performance venue with flexible seating and staging for artists of every stature, built specifically for jazz music and audiences alike. 

Designed by award-winning architect Mark Cavagnero and located in San Francisco’s vibrant cultural corridor, the SFJAZZ Center comprises 35,000 square feet in a transparent, LEED Certified structure. Key features include:

  • State-of-the-art auditorium, adjustable from 350 to 700 seats
  • 80-seat multi-purpose ensemble room
  • Rehearsal spaces & digital learning lab
  • Café at sidewalk level
  • Ground floor lobby, retail shop and box office
  • SFJAZZ administrative offices

Built For Education, Culture, and Community

Located at 201 Franklin Street in San Francisco’s Hayes Valley, the SFJAZZ Center will be a hub of culture, community and commerce for locals and tourists alike. Moreover, it is within easy walking distance of Civic Center Station (home to MUNI and BART trains) and served by local bus routes for low-impact transit.

Why Jazz is Important

Jazz is America's great contribution to the arts. It is thrilling, exhilarating and thought-provoking music that stirs emotions of all kinds, in the mind and in the heart and in the soul. Its influence extends worldwide, touching and enriching all related forms of music. It is a vibrant art form that deserves a special place in our culture.

SFJAZZ has been presenting the finest jazz musicians in the world for nearly 30 years. It has also presented the finest musicians from around the world who have been influenced by jazz. San Francisco has been a great city for these kinds of music always. It seems fitting that this organization should build this special place in this city.

We've launched the World is Listening campaign to make the SFJAZZ Center a reality. Led by an anonymous gift of $20 million, the largest ever given to a jazz institution, the campaign will raise $54 million towards construction of this facility, plus $10 million to expand the SFJAZZ Endowment and provide a permanent source of operating income.

All together, the World is Listening campaign will enable us to grow strategically, creating new infrastructure, programming and financial viability for long-term success. All while cultivating audiences and fostering future generations of jazz musicians.

Located in the heart of the Hayes Valley neighborhood at the corner of Franklin and Fell streets, the luminous new SFJAZZ Center is the first stand-alone structure in the country built specifically for jazz. Its intimate concert hall, the Robert N. Miner Auditorium, was acoustically and visually designed to enhance the creation of spontaneous music and the connection between artists and audiences.

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Name a seat and celebrate your passion for the music or remember a loved one.

SFJAZZ presents the greatest names in jazz, Latin and other global music and nurtures the art of improvisation through its year-round concert, commissioning and education programs. Check out the events calendar to view all of our upcoming shows.

To enhance your experience at the SFJAZZ Center, here are some helpful resources on how to make the most of your visit.

How to get involved

Celebrate the spirit of jazz through our innovative artistic, education, and community programs.

Members get the best seats, no service fees, generous ticket discounts and exclusive events.

Your support means more people can experience the music. Donations to SFJAZZ are tax-deductible and provide critical support to everything we do.

Join a unique community of jazz lovers who play a vital role in helping to bring our programs to the concert hall, classroom, and community.

Help future generations explore the full spectrum of jazz. We are grateful to those who remember SFJAZZ in their legacy plans.

A corporate partnership with SFJAZZ creates a one-on-one marketing platform with the nation’s largest presenter of jazz music. Engage our diverse and educated audience, VIPs, celebrities, and young professionals in a unique social setting that encourages networking and peer-to-peer interaction.

Nurture budding musicians and audiences, make a tax-deductible donation to SFJAZZ Education today.

Volunteers provide essential assistance at concerts, in our office and with educational events. Come help us.

Support the first freestanding facility built for jazz presentation and education in the United States - donate now.


How to buy tickets




In Person

$7.50 per ticket service fee for non-Members ($2.00 per ticket Family Matinee concerts)

No service fees for Members

General Public

Group Sales


SFJAZZ Center Box Office
201 Franklin St. (at Fell)
San Francisco, CA 94102

Be a part of SFJAZZ

Support the first freestanding facility built for jazz presentation and education in the United States - donate now.

Members get the best seats, no service fees, generous ticket discounts and exclusive events.

Gift membership offers insider access for fans of every taste.

Our gift shop has a great selection of SFJAZZ t-shirts, CDs, hoodies, hats, and much more for you or the jazz lover in your life!

Spring Season 2011 Events

Something for everyone!

It's our honor to bring you the biggest Spring Season yet, with over 40 shows and a truly amazing array of artists from across the globe!

Living Legends
Power Shift
Global Village
String Things
Soulful Singers
Leading Edge
New Orleans Nights
SFJAZZ Members Only
SFJAZZ Education
Discover Jazz
Family Matinees

CM Styling - Sample

News Articles

Founded by Randall Kline in 1983 under the name Jazz in the City, SFJAZZ has become the world’s leading cultural institution devoted to jazz and related forms of music, presenting over 300 performances each year at the new SFJAZZ Center and throughout the San Francisco Bay Area.

In addition to presenting the SFJAZZ annual season, the San Francisco Jazz Festival and SFJAZZ Summer Sessions, SFJAZZ supports a vibrant local music scene with Hotplate events and their free summer concerts at Stanford Shopping Center and Levi’s Plaza, and nurtures aspiring musicians with diverse education programs and performing ensembles.

In January 2013, SFJAZZ took the most audacious step in its evolution, opening the 36,000-square-foot, $64 million SFJAZZ Center on the corner of Fell and Franklin streets in the heart of San Francisco’s cultural corridor.

The first stand-alone structure in the country built specifically for jazz, the SFJAZZ Center was designed by award-winning San Francisco architect Mark Cavagnero, who worked with acoustician Sam Berkow and theater designer Len Auerbach to create a main performance space with the acoustic quality of a great concert hall and the relaxed intimacy of a jazz club. That’s the Robert N. Miner Auditorium, a flexible, scalable venue that seats up to 700 people in close proximity to the musicians with superb sightlines and pristine acoustics tailored for jazz performance.

The 100-seat Joe Henderson Lab is the SFJAZZ Center’s street-level performance and rehearsal space, named for the late, great saxophonist and San Francisco resident, which also serves as the nerve center for the organization’s education department. Students of all ages use the Joe Henderson Lab as well as the practice rooms and cutting edge digital lab for workshops, rehearsals, master classes and private instruction.

“We wanted to create a community gathering place around jazz,” Kline says, “a place where jazz can do what it’s always done—grow and change. Now there’s a permanent place in
San Francisco where it can flourish.”

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